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Economist strategizes against deforestation Blair Kuykendall Editor-in-Chief Conservation works best where it’s often most contested: developed and populated areas. Environmental economist Alex Pfaff believes parks should be created where they will be most effective for blocking deforestation. He met with students and faculty at the Baker Center on Thursday to discuss specifics on preventing environmental degradation in a lecture titled “Avoided Amazonian Deforestation and Policy Design.” “I’m very interested in impacts of policies,” Pfaff said. “If you can see policy Type 1 has more impact than policy Type 2, that can be more of an influence for changing policy on the ground ... you point to places and actions that will do more, versus places and actions that will do less.” Pfaff asserts that land conservation can be fine-tuned to achieve greater impacts in protecting the environment. “If you think that protected areas here and there have different impacts, then where they are positioned determines impact,” Pfaff said. “Who makes these decisions also matters. It’s pretty likely that a federal actor will put protection in a different area than a state actor.” In conducting his research, Pfaff focuses on exposing the specific characteristics of land reserve locations to determine which yield most benefit for society. “The basic idea is to split up space, and ask what the impact will be,” Pfaff said. His findings have specific implications for planning preservation regions. “Is it correct that protected areas in threat zones have greater impacts than protected areas farther from cities?” Pfaff said. “Yes. Parks closer to roads have larger impacts. Conservation impacts vary over space.” Surprisingly, road positioning is a major factor in the effectiveness of land preserves in blocking deforestation. “Different places in space have different economic activity going on, in which a park will
intervene,” Pfaff said. “Here I told you if a park is far from a road, it’s not doing much.” Parks situated in sparsely populated areas, however, are not always ill-placed. “Conservation has tended to be in lower threat zones,” Pfaff said. “That doesn’t mean it’s not optimal. There are many costs and benefits to be taken into consideration. Here I am only focusing on impacts on the rate of deforestation. It might still be worth it, but if you only have 100 bucks would you want to put it in a place with greater impact or less?” State and federal governments take dissimilar approaches to conservation. “Would you want to hand money to federal actor or local actor?” Pfaff asked. “I argue it matters for deforestation. There is a large difference in impact between state and federal protection. Any location choice has implications for impact. Federal sustainable parks have more impacts.” The deforestation rate is only one of many factors involved in environmental protection, and while Pfaff focuses on spatial configurations, he was careful to stress the importance of other factors like species habitat, as well. “The private and the public sectors are playing this interactive game,” Pfaff said. “Let’s say then you place a park. Could you have an extra effect of shaping where development goes? Sure. People are evaluating their future payments from being in a certain place.” During the course of his lecture, Pfaff was intent on providing workable solutions to immediate threats in the developing world. “He works frequently with projects focusing on developing countries,” Jacob LaRiviere, professor of economics, said. “His work has been supported by grants from numerous agencies.” Pfaff is an associate professor of public policy, economics and environment at Duke University. From his base in Durham, N.C., Pfaff focuses his attention on the relationship between economic development and natural resources. This event was part of a series sponsored by the Baker Center’s Interdisciplinary Group on Energy and Environmental Policy.
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Trees lie devastated after an eruption at Mount Saint Helens in the summer of 2003. Alex Pfaff, an environmental economist who spoke at UT, helped inform students about the conservation efforts for developed and populated areas.
Show hopes to end discrimination Student artworks Victoria Wright Student Life Editor
lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered social issues have slowly turned into a modern civil rights movement. “Between all these different things that are happening, I think there’s more community than there ever has been,” Wright said. “I think it’s come to a crisis point where it’s going to break now. There’s just too many of us.” While about 15 million Americans qualify themselves on some area of the LGBT spectrum, an exact number for UT students is not conducted. According to the commission, the university does not ask students to declare their sexual orientation, and for some students, participating in Wright’s project is an act of “coming out.” Jennifer Moshak, commission co-chair and associate athletic director for sports medicine, said the event is an effort for the commission to eliminate bias and discrimination against LGBT students.
In an effort to dissolve discrimination, one woman is using her camera lens to capture LGBT people, as they are. Documentary filmmaker and photographer iO Tillett Wright will visit Knoxville to photograph LGBT students and other individuals for her nationwide project titled “Self-Evident Truths.” Wright held her first portrait session on Sunday at Lox Salon in the Old City and will be in Knoxville until Tuesday. Wright, who qualifies herself on the LGBT spectrum, will also host a reception on the lecture on Monday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Clarence Brown Theatre. UT’s Commission for LGBT People and Ready for the World wrote a letter to sponsor Wright’s visit to UT. Amid a planned appeal for the ban of gay marriage in California, See TRUTHS on Page 3
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Christopher Herbert reads from his book “The Boiling Season” during the first meeting of the Worlds in Their Words series on Monday, March 5. Future performances in the series will be held on March 12, and April 2, 11 and 16 in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library.
win cash prizes Christopher Elizer Staff Writer UT student art is on display in Hodges Library as part of the Student Art in the Library exhibition. Artwork in the exhibit was selected by a committee of library staff from many submissions, each the work of a UT student. The first- and second-place winners both received cash prizes. The second-place winner, Stacey Austin-Heil, is currently a junior seeking her B.F.A. in graphic design. Her painting called “The Last Supper Club” is a spoof piece on Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” “Art is important in my life for a couple of reasons,” Austin-Heil said. “I’ve been able to make a living painting faux finishes and murals, I’ve become involved in the Maryville local art scene and I’ve participated in several Knoxville shows which have allowed me to meet people with similar interests and to grow as an artist. Art has driven my creativity and allowed for an outlet of that creative need.” Art was a part of AustinHeil’s life even at a young age. “My grandmother was an artist and she used to sell her paintings along the Santa Barbara Beach in California,” Austin-Heil said. “After her passing, I inherited some of her paintings, as well as some of her art supplies. This really helped me pursue my interest in art. I’ve always drawn and painted since I was a child.” The first-place winner, Courtney Kovacs, became interested in art during college. Kovacs is pursuing her master’s degree in the advertising program at UT, and plans to graduate with an M.S. in communications in May. Kovac received her B.A. in art
while minoring in English and journalism at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark. “Art wasn’t always important to me,” Kovacs said. “I enjoyed looking at it, but I was pretty sure it was something I could never do. This changed when I decided to take a drawing class as an elective in college, and I ended up truly enjoying the process as well as the results. I’ve never had a great deal of technical skill, but I appreciate and admire the skill and creativity I see around me every day.” Kovacs’ piece “Connections” is inspired by the connection between the artist and the audience of the artwork. “At the time that I created it I was feeling a lot of frustration with life, and with my choice to be an art major; I was making things but often they didn’t really mean anything to me,” Kovacs said. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted, or where my passion was. At some point I reached the realization that the only thing that was important, that really mattered, was other people. The reason for creating art was to have someone else experience it, to create a bond between the artist and the audience through shared meaning.” Both winners’ artwork, as well as pieces by several other students, will be on display in Hodges Library Room 135 through the rest of the semester. “I think students that check out the art competition will see that it is varied in the type of art presented and that anyone can enter,” Austin-Heil said. Austin-Heil also encourages others to participate in the show, even if they have never tried making art before. “I don’t think you have to be an artist to enter this show,” Austin-Heil said. “You just have to do it.”
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Students play and write messages on a piano setup outside the Clarence Brown Theatre on Wednesday, March 7. The piano is part of artist Luke Jerram’s installation “Play Me I’m Yours,” which features over 500 pianos installed in cities all over the world. The Visual Arts Committee will be holding a Live from London Skype event, in which students will get a chance to discuss the movement with the artist.
1947 — Truman Doctrine Announced In a dramatic speech to a joint session of Congress, President Harry S. Truman asks for U.S. assistance for Greece and Turkey to forestall communist domination of the two nations. Historians have often cited Truman’s address, which came to be known as the Truman Doctrine, as the official declaration of the Cold War. In February 1947, the British government informed the United States that it could no longer furnish the economic and military assistance it had been providing to Greece and Turkey since the end of World War II. The Truman administration believed that both nations were threatened by communism and it jumped at the chance to take a tough stance against the Soviet Union. In Greece, leftist forces had been battling the Greek royal government since the end of World War II. In Turkey, the Soviets were demanding some manner of control over the Dardanelles, territory from which Turkey was able to dominate the strategic waterway from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. On March 12, 1947, Truman appeared before a joint session of Congress to make his case. The world, he declared, faced a choice in the years to come. Nations could adopt a way of life “based upon the will of the majority” and governments that provided “guarantees of individual liberty” or they could face a way of life “based upon the will of a minority forcibly imposed upon the majority.” This latter regime, he indicated, relied upon “terror and oppression.” “The foreign policy and the national security of this country,” he claimed, were involved in the situations confronting Greece and Turkey. Greece, he argued, was “threatened by the terrorist activities of several thousand armed men, led by communists.” It was incumbent upon the United States to support Greece so that it could “become a self-supporting and self-respecting democracy.” The “freedom-loving” people of Turkey also needed U.S. aid, which was “necessary for the maintenance of its national integrity.” The president declared that “it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.” Truman requested $400 million in assistance for the two nations. Congress approved his request two months later.
The Truman Doctrine was a de facto declaration of the Cold War. Truman’s address outlined the broad parameters of U.S. Cold War foreign policy: the Soviet Union was the center of all communist activity and movements throughout the world; communism could attack through outside invasion or internal subversion; and the United States needed to provide military and economic assistance to protect nations from communist aggression. Not everyone embraced Truman’s logic. Some realized that the insurgency in Greece was supported not by the Soviet Union, but by Yugoslavia’s Tito, who broke with the Soviet communists within a year. Additionally, the Soviets were not demanding control of the Dardanelles, but only assurances that this strategic waterway would not be used by Russia's enemies-as the Nazis had used it during World War II. And whether U.S. assistance would result in democracy in Greece or Turkey was unclear. Indeed, both nations established repressive right-wing regimes in the years following the Truman Doctrine. 1969 — London police conduct drug raid at home of George Harrison The London drug squad appears at house of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd with a warrant and drug-sniffing canines. Boyd immediately used the direct hotline to Beatles headquarters and George returned to find his home turned upside down. He is reported to have told the officers “You needn’t have turned the whole bloody place upside down. All you had to do was ask me and I would have shown you where I keep everything.” Without his assistance, the constables, including Sergeant Pilcher who had directed the drug-related arrest of John Lennon the previous year, had already found a considerable amount of hashish. Harrison and Boyd were arrested and as they were being escorted to the police station, a photographer began shooting pictures of the famous couple. Harrison chased after the photographer, with the cops trailing right behind him down the London street. Finally, the man dropped his camera and George stomped on it before the officers subdued him. — This Day in History is courtesy of History.com.
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TRUTHS continued from Page 1 “When we saw what she was trying to do with the project, we really felt that we believed in her mission,” Moshak said. “Through the simplicity of a photograph, all people are equal. That’s exactly the message we want to send on this campus.” For Moshak, the event is more personal. She and her partner plan to participate in Wright’s portrait project on Monday. “I think it means a lot (to participate in the project),” Moshak said. “I think it means being a part of something that is very special and a movement and sharing a message. It’s a very proud experience.” Wright said in addition to religious influences, most discrimination comes from misinformation. “I think it comes from a lack of understanding and fear that usually repels people in discrimination,” Wright said. “Largely, what I’ve seen unfortunately is that it’s a face-based reality. Usually people are just misinformed.” Wright doesn’t use Photoshop or artificial lighting for her portraits. Instead, she depends on natural lighting and the honest courage of her subjects to convey her message. Wright hopes the honesty of her portraits
will help people outside of the LGBT spectrum to dissolve. “They think that they don’t know any gay people,” Wright said. “I don’t think people would be as discriminatory if they knew us — if they had a good look at us. I knew all these beautiful and wonderful people, and if I could see them, then I thought, ‘Let me try to show them.’” Wright has photographed over 1,000 individuals across the nation and hopes to obtain about 8,000 to 10,000 portraits by the end of her project. Since Feb. 24, Wright has photographed people in the South as a part of her Southern tour. Knoxville is her last stop for this trip. Moshak hopes the event will serves as a catalyst for more events and resources for LGBT students and ultimately eliminate discrimination against LGBT students on campus. “When you realize it’s your neighborhood, child, cousin, suddenly there’s a name to it,” Moshak said. “You can say, ‘They’re not that bad of a person, why are we discriminating them.’” Students and others interested in having their pictures taken for the project should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. The portraits will be shown 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 12, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the OUTreach Center in Melrose Hall, Room F103.
Massacre strains relations The Associated Press BALANDI, Afghanistan — An American soldier opened fire on villagers near his base in southern Afghanistan Sunday and killed 16 civilians, according to President Hamid Karzai, who called it an “assassination” and furiously demanded an explanation from Washington. Nine children and three women were among the dead. The killing spree deepened a crisis between U.S. forces and their Afghan hosts over Americans burning Muslim holy books on a base in Afghanistan last month. The burnings sparked weeks of violent protests and attacks that left some 30 dead. Six U.S. service members have been killed by their Afghan colleagues since the Quran burnings came to light, and the violence had just started to calm down. “This is an assassination, an intentional killing of innocent civilians and cannot be forgiven,” Karzai said in a statement. He said he has repeatedly demanded the U.S. stop killing Afghan civilians. President Barack Obama called the attack “tragic and shocking” and offered his condolences to the families of those killed. In a statement released by the White House, he vowed “to get the facts as quickly as possible and to hold accountable anyone responsible.” The violence over the Quran burnings had already spurred calls in the U.S. for a faster exit strategy from the 10-year-old Afghan war. Obama even said recently that “now is the time for us to transition.” But he also said he had no plan to change the current timetable that has Afghans taking control of security countrywide by the end of 2014. In the wake of the Quran burnings, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, visited troops at a base that was attacked last month and urged them not to give in to the impulse for revenge. The tensions between the two countries had appeared to be easing as recently as Friday, when the U.S. and Afghan governments signed a memorandum of understanding about the transfer of Afghan detainees to Afghan control — a key step
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toward an eventual strategic partnership to govern U.S. forces in the country. Sunday’s shooting could push that agreement further away. “This is a fatal hammer blow on the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. Whatever sliver of trust and credibility we might have had following the burnings of the Quran is now gone,” said David Cortright, the director of policy studies at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and an advocate for a quick withdrawal from Afghanistan. “This may have been the act of a lone, deranged soldier. But the people of Afghanistan will see it for what it was, a wanton massacre of innocent civilians,” Cortright said. The attack began around 3 a.m. in two villages in Panjwai, a rural suburb of Kandahar and a traditional Taliban stronghold where coalition forces have fought for control for years. The villages — Balandi and Alkozai — are about 500 yards (meters) from a U.S. base. The gunman went into three houses and opened fire, said a resident of Alkozai, Abdul Baqi, citing accounts from his neighbors. “When it was happening in the middle of the night, we were inside our houses. I heard gunshots and then silence and then gunshots again,” Baqi said. Eleven of those killed were members of one family, many of them women and children. An AP photographer saw 15 bodies in the two villages caught up in the shooting. Some of the bodies had been burned, while others were covered with blankets. A young boy partially wrapped in a blanket was in the back of a minibus, dried blood crusted on his face and pooled in his ear. His loose-fitting brown pants were partly burned, revealing a leg charred by fire. It was unclear how or why the bodies were burned. Villagers packed inside the minibus looked on with concern as a woman spoke to reporters. She pulled back a blanket to reveal the body of a smaller child wearing what appeared to be red pajamas. A third dead child lay in a pile of green blankets in the bed of a truck. Some villagers questioned whether a single soldier could have killed so many people. But
a U.S. official in Washington said the American, an Army staff sergeant, was believed to have acted alone and that initial reports indicated he returned to the base after the shooting and turned himself in. Five people were wounded in the pre-dawn attack in Kandahar province, including a 15-year-old boy named Rafiullah who was shot in the leg and spoke to Karzai over the telephone. He described how the American soldier entered his house in the middle of the night, woke up his family and began shooting them, according to Karzai’s statement. NATO officials apologized for the shootings but did not confirm that anyone was killed, referring instead to reports of deaths. “This deeply appalling incident in no way represents the values of ISAF and coalition troops or the abiding respect we feel for the Afghan people,” Allen said in a statement, using the abbreviation for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. He pledged a “rapid and thorough investigation” and vowed to ensure that “anyone who is found to have committed wrongdoing is held fully accountable.” NATO spokesman Justin Brockhoff said a U.S. service member had been detained at a NATO base as the alleged shooter. The wounded people were evacuated to NATO medical facilities, he added. See AFGHANISTAN on Page 5
SGA celebrates diversity Deborah Ince Staff Writer Monday, March 12, marks the beginning of SGA’s Diversity Week, SGA Diversity Affairs’ second major event of the 2011-2012 school year. The focus of the week — which will run from Monday to Thursday — is to expose students to the different types of racial, cultural and social diversity present around campus and within the community. “We want to encourage students to become aware about people different from them,” Brittany Williams, assistant director of Diversity Affairs, said. “All students will be able to relate. Diversity Week allows people to become more aware about that.” Monday is titled “Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood” and will be held in the Reese Hall West Multipurpose Room at 7:30 p.m. As part of Monday’s activity, students will be subjected to various stereotypes that people are confronted with on a daily basis, both on campus at UT and within the community. Tuesday is titled “What’s Your Status?” and will be held in UC 221 at 5 p.m. Students will be shown a movie detailing the different socioeconomic statuses present within America. Diversity Affairs wants to emphasize through this night that diversity does not just include cultural and ethnic differences, but also economical differences. On Wednesday, an event called “The Game of Life: Walking in my Shoes” will be held in HSS 71 at 6 p.m. Students will be thrust into an interactive game in which they are asked thought-provoking
questions about how it would be to live an alternative lifestyle. Thursday will be “Religious Diversity” day. Held in the UC Ballroom at 5:30 p.m., students will learn about different faiths around campus and the surrounding community. “The night will be focused on educating students on different faiths in hopes of dispelling stereotypes, reviewing misconceptions and working toward building closer ‘religious relationships’ at UT,” Marcus Jones, assistant director of Diversity Affairs, said. Coming off a very successful International Week last semester, Diversity Affairs is very excited about hosting this week around campus and encourages all students to attend the week’s events. “It’s important to learn about different perspectives that raise awareness that make up the different cultures we live in,” Chris Porter, junior and Diversity Affairs member, said. “If we know about our own culture, we know about the real world. To be successful, you have to know how to work with different people that come from different backgrounds.” The aim of Diversity Affairs is to inform students about the importance of understanding the diversity in their individual communities. It hopes that through its efforts, students will gain a better understanding of the world around them and will embrace the differences that make our generation unique. “Our committee has put an exceeding amount of time and effort into Diversity Week, and we are excited to highlight several of the many ways UT puts the ‘T’ in diversity,” Jones said.
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Students on the UT men’s rugby club pause before ascending the summit of the Chimney Tops trail during a hike on Sunday.
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Kony 2012 feels empty, too late Emily DeLanzo Design Editor I wanted to change the world — back when I was 13, optimistic and naïve. My social studies class at Parrottsville Elementary School in Cocke County, Tenn., was given a prompt. “If you could change anything in the world, what would you change and why?” My classmates wrote about the average trials and tribulations of any average 13-year-old in the area. You know, my friends wanted to be able to buy cigarettes at 12 and not be required to attend school daily. Meanwhile, I researched the idea of child soldiers and Joseph Kony. My father had mentioned it in passing. I knew Africa was not safe, and I knew that’s why my family never ventured near that continent. Daddy told me about how unstable Africa was, specifically the Sudan and surrounding areas and the idea of child soldiers. I couldn’t even fathom the idea of being forced to kill my friends or family, let alone abandon the only life that I had ever known. Children my age being capable and forced to murder was a foreign concept to me and my endless peppiness. I entered college determined to change the world. I wanted to be an international studies major and make a difference. I wanted to protect everyone and let them enjoy the freedoms I have. My mother squashed that idea insisting that a) it’s too dangerous and b) I would do more harm than good with my outspoken personality. Almost eight years since eighth grade, and I still haven’t forgotten about Joseph Kony and the research I conducted for that menial social studies assignment. I did my part in becoming involved with Amnesty International and other organizations. Now eight years and some social change later, I figured the thought of Kony for the most part had diminished. Uganda was relatively stable, and realization set in for me that the Congo and the Sudan will never be situated. But as a whole, Africa has been decently normalized. Starting last week, my Facebook, Twitter and personal
blogs have assured myself otherwise. Kony 2012 campaign and the video sponsored by the Invisible Children organization tug at the viewers’ heartstrings. Joseph Kony had slipped out of my mind over the past years, but he managed to pry his way into the thoughts of millions. Joseph Kony to me? Old news. I know that song and dance. I know he is one of the worst people to ever grace this planet, and I also know that there are bigger and better things to worry about now. The tens of millions of Facebook users who have reposted and shared the Kony 2012 video have good intentions. The creators of that video mean well. The Invisible Children organization has managed to inform millions upon millions of people all in the span of less than a week of the video going viral which is considerably more than anything I have done and ever will do. The Invisible Children organization has done more for awareness on this issue than any individual or any other organization has. However, these efforts are a little too late ... at least on this issue. This anti-Kony brigade represents slactivism at its finest to me. People share a video then sleep easier at night knowing that they informed people and believing that they indeed did change the world. The “I did my part, and someone can take it from here” sentiment highlights the flaws of developed nations’ mentalities. Is a viral video going to change the world? No. Is it going to change how we look at social activism? Yes. Do I think the Kony 2012 campaign is a complete waste of time and money? To an extent, obviously. I know supporters have good intentions, but as a whole, I think it’s a waste of time. The whole idea of “where you live should not determine whether you live” is a lie. The human species proves to be more and more selfish as it destroys habitats with its seven billion and growing population. To me, war is population control. So to all of the Kony 2012 supporters, would you rather Africans be murdered or starve? Would you rather have injustice or malnutrition? AIDS or child soldiers? So pick your battles, and please don’t litter my Facebook newsfeed. — Emily DeLanzo is a junior in environmental studies. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Derek Mullins I quite often find it difficult not to quirk my brow in amazement, shake my head in surprise, and give a sardonic chuckle at the nature of American society, particularly when it comes to political discourse. If you have gone through the arduous task of reading my rants on a semi-regular basis, you have probably noticed that I tend to come to the defense of people who say incredibly stupid, insensitive or offensive things and get crucified for it in the media. I have written at length about how I find it revolting that comedians like Gilbert Gottfried and Bill Maher, who are widely known for their dark and sometimes offensive sense of humor, find themselves unemployed because they shocked their employers with a joke or statement that is totally characteristic of their act. I have ridden to the aid of people who speak out in favor of or in opposition to certain policies or lifestyles, such as I recently did for Ellen DeGeneres against the One Million Moms organization. Heck, I have even stood up for the right of the Westboro Baptist Church loons and their like-minded ilk to spread their message of hate. All of these instances are, in my opinion, commensurate with an allegiance to and love for something that all Americans should hold sacrosanct: freedom of speech. Well, just as I never thought that I would argue in defense of the Westboro Baptist Church, I find it humorous that I am about to stand up for a man who is perhaps the most reviled individual for most American liberals: Rush Limbaugh. Now, before I play devil’s advocate here, let me just get a few things out in the open. I have never listened to more than a few clips of Limbaugh’s show. I am well aware of the nonsense he typically spews about the political left and his routine demands for more socially and fiscally conservative policies and actions from Republican politicians. I do not personally find him to be all that consequential, but I have time and again read blogs, columns, articles and other mediums of political news and discourse that have discussed and/or fact-checked his blathering. Each
time, the authors of those pieces seem to be flabbergasted that Limbaugh has said something that they find completely and totally offensive. Guess what: It happened again! In the recent debate over whether religious employers should be required under federal law to provide insurance coverage for contraception for their employees, Rush Limbaugh lashed out at Sandra Fluke. In the aftermath of the Georgetown University student’s testimony before a congressional committee on the subject, Limbaugh remarked that she needed the aforementioned coverage because she was a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Now, neither of those particular labels probably fits Miss Fluke. We know that, Fluke knows that, and Limbaugh even knew that when he said it. Where does my problem come from? My proverbial beef with this entire situation is that sponsors have started to drop their support for Limbaugh’s show en masse over the statements and what has been a rather overblown outcry. While the sponsors in question have every right to pull their ad money if they so choose, they more or less should have known what they were buying into when they initiated their dealings with the conservative shock-jock. Limbaugh isn’t known for being a man who conducts well-reasoned, civilized conversations about political topics or logical debates with members of the opposite side who call into his show. Instead, he is widely regarded as a man who pulls no punches, says what he believes (however erroneous his thoughts and beliefs might be), and fires at anyone who gets in the way of his presented narrative and agenda. Let’s put it another way. If you knowingly adopt a dog that has a reputation for attacking anything it does not like, you cannot logically or reasonably be surprised when the malicious mutt turns around and bites your face. That is more or less what’s happening here. If Sandra Fluke wants to get back at Limbaugh, she can sue him for slander. She has that privilege under the law. Everyone else? Well, if you don’t like what Limbaugh had to say, I have a suggestion: tune out. If, however, you continue to listen or even pay attention to his rants in a peripheral context, please refrain from getting all worked up when he says something offensive. You shouldn’t be shocked, regardless of your disdain and disapproval. — Derek Mullins is a senior in political science. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A common phrase used throughout college is, “Nobody ever wishes they’d slept more during college.” College is often a busy time in one’s life, where there is an abundance of socializing, part-time jobs and a course load of schoolwork. Consequently, sleep is often pushed aside for other priorities. Yet, sleep is an important part of staying healthy. On Sunday, the United States switched back to Daylight Saving Time, turning the clocks ahead one hour. George Vernon Hudson created the time change in order to utilize more daylight for leisure activities. According to experts, adjusting to the lost hour is more difficult than the hour gained in the fall to the standard time shift. For a college student, that extra hour is crucial. Many researchers are saying that this time change can be a difficult adjustment for the body as well. Sleepmed.md reports that, “over 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness.” Because so many Americans are affected by poor sleeping patterns, losing that extra hour of sleep can be harmful for one’s body. The New England Journal of Medicine released a study showing that the risk of a heart attack increases during the DST change. Because blood pressure can rise when one is tired, those who already suffer from sleep deprivation have a higher chance of heart attacks. Also, when students lose sleep, they are lowering their immune system, thus causing a higher chance of getting a common cold and other illnesses. Having a restful night of sleep helps the body heal and prepare for the coming stresses of the following day. The people who have the least difficult time adjusting to the time change are those who
already have well-established sleeping routines. Not only does sleep hinder students from feeling well throughout the day, but it also affects how they perform in school. A report published in Psychology & Sociology found that “69.7 percent of students with low GPAs had difficulty falling asleep.” The brain needs a good night of sleep in order to fully function and remain attentive. Many college students have difficulty staying awake during their classes or even decide to skip them to sleep in. This response will cause students to have difficulty understanding the material, as well as performing well on the tests. With the loss of that hour, many students might find themselves feeling a little more sluggish this week. In order to correct this, students must establish a consistent bedtime routine. Many argue that the college schedule does not allow a bedtime at a reasonable hour. Yet, if one uses proper time management to get their studying and homework done earlier in the day, they might find it easier to go to bed before midnight. If this is too difficult to accomplish throughout the semester, at least try getting sleep throughout this week because our bodies are trying to adapt to the new time change. An important tip to help with the time change is to expose your body to more sunlight, which will help increase energy. One advantage of DST is the expanded daylight. With so many exams this week, finding time to get sleep can be difficult for college students. But with the time change that occurred on Sunday, many are finding themselves feeling especially tired. This time change can be difficult on the body, so try to establish a good bedtime. If students do not get a restful night of sleep, they could find themselves having difficulty performing in school as well as expected. Sleep is an important part of staying healthy, and students should value their sleep as much as they should value other aspects of their lives. — Samantha Trueheart is a sophomore in communications. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AFGHANISTAN continued from Page 3 International forces have fought for control of Panjwai for years as they’ve tried to subdue the Taliban in their rural strongholds. The Taliban movement started just to the north of Panjwai, and many of the militant group’s senior leaders, including chief Mullah Omar, were born, raised, fought or preached in the area. Omar once ran an Islamic school in an area of Panjwai that has since been carved into a new district. In addition to its symbolic significance, the district is an important base for the Taliban to target the city of Kandahar to the east. Panjwai was seen as key to securing Kandahar when U.S. forces flooded the province as part of Obama's strategy to surge in the south starting in 2009. Twelve of the dead were from Balandi, said Samad Khan, a farmer who lost all 11 members of his family, including women and children. Khan was away from the village when the incident occurred and returned to find his family members shot and burned. One of his neighbors was also killed, he said. “This is an anti-human and antiIslamic act,” said Khan. “Nobody is allowed in any religion in the world to kill children and women.” Khan and other villagers demanded that Karzai punish the American shooter. “Otherwise we will make a decision,” said Khan. “He should be handed over to us.” The four people killed in the village of Alkozai were all from one family, said a female relative who was shouting in anger. She did not give her name because of the conservative nature of local society. “No Taliban were here. No gunbattle was going on,” said the woman. “We don’t know why this
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NEWS foreign soldier came and killed our innocent family members. Either he was drunk or he was enjoying killing civilians.” The Taliban called the shootings the latest sign that international forces are working against the Afghan people. “The so-called American peace keepers have once again quenched their thirst with the blood of innocent Afghan civilians in Kandahar province,” the Taliban said in a statement posted on a website used by the insurgent group. Karzai said he was sending a high-level delegation to investigate. U.S. forces have been implicated before in other violence in the same area. Four soldiers from a Stryker brigade out of Lewis-McChord, Washington, have been sent to prison in connection with the 2010 killing of three unarmed men during patrols in Kandahar province’s Maiwand district, which is just northwest of Panjwai. They were accused of forming a “kill team” that murdered Afghan civilians for sport — slaughtering victims with grenades and powerful machine guns during patrols, then dropping weapons near their bodies to make them appear to have been combatants. And in January, before the Quran burning incident, a video that purportedly showed U.S. Marines urinating on corpses of men they had killed sparked widespread outrage. Obama has apologized for the Quran burnings and said they were a mistake. The Qurans and other Islamic books were taken from a detention facility and dumped in a burn pit last month because they were believed to contain extremist messages or inscriptions. A military official said at the time that it appeared detainees were exchanging messages by making notations in the texts.
Over 100 buried in mass funeral The Associated Press BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo — Women wearing masks against the odor of death threw themselves over the graves of their dead children, while men had to be restrained to stop them from hurting themselves as more than 100 victims of last week’s arms depot explosion were laid to rest in a mass funeral Sunday. Republic of Congo’s government scrambled to organize Sunday’s mass burial, which took place exactly one week after an arms depot inside a military barracks caught fire, setting off a lethal rain of grenades, mortar rounds, shells and rockets. Extra carpenters had to be hired to build the coffins. The municipal morgue stayed open all night so that families could finish the ritual washing of the bodies.
At least 246 people were killed, but only 159 of the bodies could be identified in time for Sunday’s funeral. The scene at the morgue in the hours before the burial, and at the cemetery after the coffins were lowered, was one of chaos, punctuated by pain. The last body to be identified on Sunday morning was that of Jean Mbarushimana’s 17-year-old brother. The teenager was killed by a flying shell, and the family brought the body to the morgue itself. But the morgue removed the young man’s clothes and on Saturday, when the family returned to do the ritual washing, they could no longer recognize him, his features erased by decomposition. “I went and bought a pair of boots and went body by body. I stayed up all night. He was the very last one at the back of the morgue,” Mbarushimana said.
Coffins were being hauled out of a shed on a trolley, pushed by men wearing face masks and white lab coats. Families arrived on Saturday and camped out in the morgue's parking lot, waiting for their names to be called on the morgue’s speakers. They stood holding shopping bags with the new clothes they had bought to dress their loved ones. When their turn came, they were handed gas masks and ushered into the tiled floor of the morgue. Inside, female relatives washed the women’s bodies, while male relatives washed the men’s, a funeral rite common in much of Africa. On Saturday, an elderly man who had lost his child had a heart attack during the process, said an emergency responder who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
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Fiction: Identical, Part Seven by Olivia Cooper John’s station wagon parted the crowd of news crews and paparazzi. As he emerged from the car, the ground shook and Craig’s home exploded sending debris flying and people running for cover. The Dauphin of Death held Lisa, Craig’s home, close to him with a sword at her throat. The Dauphin had shielded the two of them from the blast, but on the ground in front of the smoldering home was Craig. Naked and with burn wounds he struggled to his feet where John could see the skin attempting to heal, but that super power had run out midway and left a jagged burn down his back. “Craig! I’m here!,” John cried out and pushed aside a cop to cross the yellow tape. Craig motioned for John to step back but it was too late. A small red dot rested between John’s eyes and the Dauphin of Death held out a gun pointed directly at him. “Monsieur Parfait, I believe I have never met your brother. How rude of you to never introduce us,” the Dauphin cackled. Lisa struggled underneath his arm to shake the gun away, but the Dauphin held strong. “Be still, woman!” the Dauphin yelled. “I tire of these games, you must choose who will go first. Your brother or your wife. Choose before I choose for you!” Craig looked to his wife whose neck already had red drips from the sword rubbing her throat. She was his love and no other woman
had ever convinced him otherwise. He knew they were perfect the day he learned she was infertile. No children to be harmed in his dangerous career choice, but now here she stood with her life in the balance. His brother John had been there since day one in the womb and had grown up beside him. He was out of shape and already drenched in sweat due to the intensity of the flames behind him. Him and Marla were about to have a child together. Marla had called the ambulance, the baby was on its way now. She had no idea where her husband went after she last saw him. Craig decided, and Lisa saw it in his eyes. He began to walk towards his wife. The EMTs wheeled Marla off the back of the ambulance as fast as they could, but they weren’t going to make it. The time was now. As the elevator doors closed, they insisted she start to push. The Dauphin of Death smiled as Craig approached his wife for the last time, crying. Mr. Perfect was crying. He couldn’t fight him, his powers were leaving him after all these years. He had to give something up. John finally understood what was happening. A priest shared the elevator backed into the emergency stop button. The elevator gave a jolt and one of the EMTs struggled to get it going again. Marla screamed for John and for the first time since they met wished her husband was by her side. The Dauphin dropped his sword to let Craig hold his wife, but also saw his chance. The two embraced and he held the sword high above Craig’s back. John felt the red dot’s heat leave his forehead and ran.
The elevator jolted back to life as Marla gave one final push, and the paramedic held the child in her hands, crying out to the world. It all happened in an instant. Craig and Lisa fell as John took the sword’s blow. Police swarmed in for their chance as soon as the action started. The Dauphin was taken down while smiling and Craig crawled to his brother. “What will you call him?” the paramedic asked as they rolled down the hall. “Whatever his father wants to call him,” she replied out of breath. John cradled his brother as others tried to stop the bleeding, but the sword had gone through the heart. The Dauphin of Death always gets his target. “I called the news,” John whispered. “That’s OK John,” Craig replied. “I won’t tell anyone. You hold on.” “Take care of Marla,” John forced out with a cough, and that was it. No more words. Craig held him tight as the paramedics gave him some air. Marla finally arrived in her room that night. She held her baby close as she watched the news on the television. She ran held him close and thought of many people. “Craig…” she said to herself, then looked at the child. “He would want you to be Craig.” — Olivia Cooper is a senior in creative writing. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UT baseball player Ethan Bennett’s helmet reflects Lindsey Nelson Stadium during a game on Sunday.
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Alumna recasts popular comic strip Chris Flowers Staff Writer When children fish through the Sunday paper in search of the comics section, they know Charlie Brown will be there when they arrive. Running for nearly 50 years and encompassing 17,897 strips, the popularity of Peanuts is unrivaled in the industry. This massive body of work was produced by the legendary cartoonist Charles Schulz, who single-handedly created every strip. Per Schulz’s request, no new Peanuts strips were created following his death in 2000, though he allowed the series to live on in other formats. “Peanuts #1” brings Schulz’s cast of kids back to the world of comics, but in an expanded comic book form. UT graduate and former Beacon cartoonist Paige Braddock is part of the team tasked with returning Charlie Brown and the gang to the paneled page. Braddock is responsible for inking the comic and helping to steer the project’s direction. Braddock also serves as the creative director for Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, a job she assumed following Schulz’s death. “I was originally hired to do artwork for children’s book adaptations of the classic animated specials, but after Mr. Schulz passed away I had to
assume more of a creative director’s role,” Braddock said. “All Peanuts licensed products from anywhere in the world come through our studio in Santa Rosa for review. We have a staff of roughly 10 employees working on these reviews and we see about 2,000 new product submissions a month. Roughly 50 percent of these submissions come from Asia, so I make a lot of trips to Japan to meet with our licensees there. But now, 12 years later, I’m finally back to inking comic art as part of my regular day. I have a box of steel quill pen tips that Mr. Schulz gave me, and that’s what I use to ink.” The Sunday paper’s comics section was responsible for Braddock’s early interest in comics, with Peanuts and Beetle Bailey being her favorites. A knack for drawing led Braddock to pursue a degree in fine art at UT, where she was able to begin her career as a cartoonist by joining the ranks of The Daily Beacon. “I think working for the Beacon made me realize how much I liked journalism,” Braddock said. “Even though I didn’t really do much writing, I
really enjoyed doing artwork for the paper. Plus I was doing a daily comic strip, which was good training for later. I ended up working in newspapers for 12 years before I took this job. I did art and writing, but mostly artwork for feature stories and op-ed pieces. I worked at the Chicago Tribune and the Atlanta Constitution to name a couple.” A winding career path took penciler Vicki Scott to the comic. After receiving her BFA in character animation from The California Institute of the Arts, she married fellow animator Bob Scott and moved to Muncie, Ind. to draw Garfield. After returning to California she worked on several Paige Braddock animated TV shows before becoming a mother. “I became a stay at home mom for 20 years after the birth of our child while my husband continued his career in animation, eventually winding up at Pixar,” Scott said. “A friend of his left Pixar to join Paige at Schulz Creative Associates, and when they needed an artist for the graphic novel ‘Happiness is a Warm Blanket,’ they called Bob. Bob immediately called me and we agreed to work
on it together. The graphic novel was tons of fun and Paige ended up hiring both Bob and I full time! It’s been a long road to here, but it is the best job I’ve had.” Braddock hopes to keep the characters and tone in line with the original comic strip, but use the long form medium to expand on the artwork and stories. Greater detail is put into the characters’ surroundings, and panels can stretch the length of the page. “The comic books are a closer relative to the animated specials than the comic strip,” said Braddock. “While the comic book stories use themes from the comic strip as jumping off points, they exploit the more cinematic visual storytelling that the comic page allows. A comic strip usually does not do long form storytelling; every story needs to wrap up in three to four panels in a shallow, linear format.” The stories in “Peanuts #1” mostly go on for five or six pages, with original Schulz material in between. The comic concludes with a humorous lesson on drawing Charlie Brown, taught by the football snatching Lucy. Peanuts comics created by anyone other than Schulz may be heresy to diehard fans, but its dedication to remaining true to Schulz’s work couldn’t be stronger.
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Softball streaks end over weekend Riley Blevins Staff Writer Last season, the Tennessee softball team made a habit of putting an end to some drawnout win streaks. During the 2011 year, the Lady Vols put an end to Georgia’s 37-game unbeaten stand at home, and derailed then No. 1 Alabama of its 13-game perfection mark. The Lady Vols’ weekend series against Florida opened in that same fashion. The No. 9 Lady Vols (15-5, 1-2 SEC) opened SEC play hosting the No. 3 Gators (23-2, 4-1 SEC) in a three-game series, which drew soldout crowds for each contest. Coming into the weekend the Gators were riding a 10-game winning streak. On the heels of a sensational pitching performance by sophomore Ellen Renfroe, who recorded a season-high 15 strikeouts and allowed only three hits, the Lady Vols found themselves tied with the highly-touted Gators headed into the bottom of the seventh on Friday. Senior Shelby Burchell sparked a late rally, opening the bottom of the seventh with a base knock. Two outs later the Columbia, Tenn. native was on third base with freshman pinch hitter Hannah Akamine stepping into the box. Akamine rolled over a ground ball that rico-
cheted off the glove of Florida starter Hannah Rogers. Corralled by the Gators’ second baseman Katie Medina, her throw to first was dropped and the Vols’ winning run would race home capping a 1-0 walk-off victory. “I thought both teams fought,” Lady Vols cohead coach Ralph Weekly said of his team’s win Friday. “What you saw tonight was a great pitching achievement by Ellen Renfroe. I was just proud we came out on top. Florida is a great team that will make adjustments before tomorrow and Sunday.” And make adjustments they did. Friday’s game would be the only victory the Lady Vols took from the Gators. The spectacular defensive performance that survived the Lady Vols’ 1-0 win on Friday wasn’t to be found in Saturday’s game. A series that started as a pitchers’ duel ended with UT’s bats coming up silent when it mattered most, stranding a total of 24 base runners throughout the series. “I was disappointed in the way we played,” Weekly said. “I told our team that (Florida) would come out slugging, and they did. We just didn’t have the energy to fight.” Ending Florida’s winning streak on Friday, the Lady Vols would snap a streak of their own early in the first inning on Saturday with junior pitcher Ivy Renfroe getting the start, bringing
18 consecutive innings without allowing a run to an end. After a first-inning home run by Florida shortstop Cheyenne Coyle and an opening two innings of play that saw four Gator runs, Ivy Renfroe’s streak and the Lady Vols’ winning chances would be snapped. They dropped Saturday’s game, 5-2. “At times I thought there was a lot more energy in the crowd than in our team,” Weekly said. “Our team needs more energy, needs more offensive production.” A lack of offensive production that was seen twice this weekend, both times with the bases loaded. Facing a 5-2 deficit on Saturday, the Lady Vols were threatening in the sixth with the bases loaded and no one out. A Melissa Brown ground ball was brought home for the force out at the plate, and a Cheyanne Tarango strikeout would bring up pinch hitter Melissa Davin with two outs and the bases loaded. Swinging at the first three pitches she saw, Davin struck out, leaving the bases loaded with no runs scored. “I felt good; I like being in that situation and I like having the coaches have confidence in me,” Davin said. “I just didn’t get it done this weekend.”
Ellen Renfroe received the start on Sunday hoping for an outing similar to her Friday three-hitter. Again, Ellen Renfroe would be stellar in the circle, going seven innings while scattering four hits that earned just one run, but, similar to Saturday, lack of offensive production hindered the Vols. Down 1-0 in the fourth frame, the Lady Vols had a promising opportunity to score. Just like Saturday, the bases were loaded with two outs, and again it would be Davin stepping into the box. Fouling off two pitches Davin worked the count to 2-2 before popping out to first, once more stranding three runners and locking the Vols’ 1-0 Sunday loss to the Gators. “Davin is the best hitter on our whole bench,” Weekly said. “She won games for us last year, they just got her twice. I’d do it again. You’re probably saying ‘wow,’ but she is good.” With Southeastern Conference play under way, the Lady Vols will travel to Arkansas next weekend for a three-game series. “Learn from it, learn from what you’ve done,” Ivy Renfroe said. “You always learn from losses. We have to come back fighting. I know we will. We will get better as we go one. Florida is a tough, tough team.”
Brannon, Hoty gain experience at NCAA Championships Staff Report NAMPA, Idaho — Tennessee was unable to get on the scoreboard on day one of the NCAA Indoor Championships, but Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark has his focus firmly set on changing that. He also sees this meet as a great learning opportunity for the younger members of the program. In the men’s shot put on Friday evening, Matthew Hoty finished 15th. The redshirt freshman improved his marks with each throw, but his best toss of 59-10 1/2 left him in 15th place and unable to advance to the final. The rookie had entered the weekend ranked 14th at 62-3 1/4, which is a UT freshman record and ranks him No. 6 on UT’s alltime indoor performers list. Chase Brannon cleared two bars in the men’s pole vault, but his best height of 17-4 1/2 was only good enough to place him 16th. He sailed over 17-0 3/4 on his second try and navigated 17-4 1/2 on his third attempt. His third try at 17-8 1/2, he got his lower body over the bar, but could not clear it with his upper half on the way down. “On the men’s side, we had
some bright spots in looking forward, with Chase Brannon being a sophomore,” Clark said. “He took some pretty solid cracks at his personal best in the pole vault. It was a great experience for the future of our team in getting experience at this meet. Same thing for Matt Hoty, being here as a freshman and getting his feet wet. We will remember when we are in the running for championships that he already has this experience under his belt.” The final event of the day was the women’s distance medley relay, and that usually is one of Tennessee’s best events. It was the Big Orange’s top finish of this day, but 11th is not what Clark had hoped to see. The quartet of junior Nijgia Snapp, senior Brittany Jones, sophomore Kianna Ruff and senior Brittany Sheffey covered the distance in 11:26.02. UT had entered the meet with a season best of 11:02.74, with Chanelle Price running the opening 1200m leg and Wortham handling the 400. Neither ran in tonight’s race, with Price absent after becoming sick following her 800m prelim race. See TRACK & FIELD on Page 9
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Members of the women’s softball team huddle before a game against Mississippi State on Thursday, April 21. The Lady Vols topped No. 3 Florida on Friday night 1-0, ending the Gators’ 10-game win streak.
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TRACK & FIELD continued from Page 8 In that women’s 800m, there was disappointment for Price. The senior, a two-time NCAA Indoor scorer in this event and the third-place finisher outdoors last season, did not qualify for the final. After running second for nearly the entire race, she faded to fifth in heat two over the final 40 meters and found herself in ninth place overall, just one spot out of advancing. She had entered the competition seeded sixth at 2:04.25. Senior Ellen Wortham also suffered a tough result in the women’s 400m prelims and did not advance to the finals. Entering the competition ranked seventh after qualifying in 52.99 at a last chance meet, she turned in a 54.20 readout to finish third in a slow and bumpy heat two on Friday evening and wound up 14th overall. On two
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SPORTS occasions, Wortham appeared to be knocked out of stride as runners cut in front of her. “On the women’s side it was a tough day with Ellen and Chanelle, pretty much the staples of our program, not advancing and then Chanelle getting sick after the 800 and not being on the relay, which obviously affects our nationally-ranked DMR,” Clark said. “So, we are optimistic about tomorrow and look forward to Annie and the mile relay putting some points on the board for us.” On Saturday, as Clark mentioned, Tennessee will have two events remaining at this meet. Senior Annie Alexander, seeded third at 58-1, will compete in the women's shot put at 7 p.m. Mountain time/9 p.m. ET. The Lady Vol 4x400m relay unit, then, will run at 8:40 p.m. MT/10:40 ET. That unit enters ranked 11th at 3:34.76.
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Zach Osborne throws on the run after fielding a grounder from a Louisiana-Monroe player during a game on Sunday. The Vols bested ULM Friday night 4-0, but fell in two close-fought games on Saturday, 6-8, and Sunday, 4-7.
Baseball wins one of three David Cobb Staff Writer Tennessee dropped two of three games to visiting Louisiana-Monroe this weekend at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in the team’s final series prior to SEC play. UT junior Zack Godley’s Friday night pitching performance was one of few facets to draw praise from UT coach Dave Serrano following Sunday’s series-deciding loss.
working into the sixth inning when junior Drew Steckenrider replaced him with the bases loaded and nobody out. Steckenrider struck out the first two batters he faced, but a two-out double to right-center field by Logan Fiasco put the Warhawks ahead 6-3. Eighth inning hits by Steckenrider and senior Zach Osborne, combined with a LouisianaMonroe error and a sacrifice fly by Vols freshman Jared Allen, evened the score again at 6-6. After a scoreless ninth inning, the Warhawks manufactured two 10th inning runs, and the Vols were unable to strike back.
Friday: Godley pitched eight shutout innings, recording a career-high 10 strikeouts, as the Vols used a lateinning push to defeat the Sunday: Warhawks 4-0. The Vols could not With the score deadovercome a four-run locked at 0-0 in the bottom ULM first inning, falling of the seventh inning, soph7-4 in the decisive game omore catcher Ethan of the series. Bennett powered a solo UT freshman Robbie home run over the left field Kidd made his first fence. It proved to be all the career start on the offense the Vols would mound for the Vols. He need. did not survive the first “The first star of the inning. show was Zack Godley,” He was the first of Serrano said. “He was the seven pitchers to take the star for eight innings and mound for the Vols on then Ethan Bennett had a Sunday. co-starring role in the sev“You’re only as good as enth with a big home run.” your pitching,” Serrano Bennett deferred much George Richardson • The Daily Beacon said. “And right now of the credit to Godley. Zack Godley delivers a pitch to a we’re not getting it done “That was one of the more fun games I’ve ever Louisiana-Monroe player during a at the level we need to get caught,” Bennett said. “He game on Friday. Godley had a to.” UT fought back and was dead on, just throwing. career-best 10 strikeouts in eight I trust him with every shutout innings to help the Vols tied the game at 4-4 in pitch.” to a 4-0 win over the Warhawks. the bottom of the sixth. But ULM answered by The Vols added three putting the game’s final runs in the eighth inning to chase ULM starter and reigning Sun Belt Conference pitcher of the three runs on the board in the seventh inning. “We didn’t play good baseball the last two week, Randy Ziegler, from the game. In the ninth inning, UT sophomore Nick days,” said Serrano on Sunday. “I’m very disapWilliams came on in relief of Godley and struck pointed about it.” Serrano said he takes responsibility for the out the side to secure the UT victory. “The only reason (Godley) didn’t go to the ineffectiveness of the pitching staff but that the ninth is because he was at 113 pitches on my cal- blueprint for success is clear. “Zack Godley is kind of showing a graph of culator,” Serrano said. “I didn’t want to push the envelope when we’ve got guys in the bullpen how it’s done,” Serrano said. “He’s throwing strike one and minimizing his pitch count, and that can finish the job.” other guys aren’t following the lead. “It’s not as difficult as we’re making it right Saturday: The Vols rallied late, tying the game at 6-6 in now.” UT (10-5) will host Tennessee Tech (5-10) on the eighth inning, but were unable to hold off ULM, as the Warhawks earned an 8-6, 10-inning Tuesday before opening conference play in Athens, Ga. against the Bulldogs on Friday. victory to even the series at one game apiece. UT Junior Nick Blount started on the mound,
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UT falls short of NCAA, earns No. 1 seed in NIT Beacon Staff Reports Tennessee’s late-season charge earned the Volunteers the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament and into consideration for the NCAA Tournament. But too many early-season losses kept UT (18-14) from getting an at-large bid to the Big Dance. The Vols had made the NCAA Tournament a schoolrecord six consecutive seasons, and were hoping winning eight of their last 10 games, including victories at Florida and at home against Vanderbilt, would be enough to secure one of the 37 at-large bids.. UT went 5-7 against teams that made the NCAA Tournament. Instead, UT settled for a No. 1 seed in the NIT, and will host Savannah State Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST. The Tigers (21-10) won the MEAC regular-season title, but lost in the quarterfi-
nals of their conference tournament. It’ll be the first meeting between the two schools. If UT wins, it’ll play the winner of No. 4 seed Middle Tennessee and No. 5 seed Marshall. “Any time you get an opportunity to play in the postseason, it’s better than the alternative,” UT coach Cuonzo Martin said. “I think everyone has a bad taste in their mouths after losing early in the SEC Tournament. Now we’ve got an opportunity to continue to win ballgames and send our seniors out on a positive note.” The first three rounds of the 32-team NIT Tournament are played at the higher seeded team’s gym. The semifinals and finals of the tournament are played in Madison Square Garden in New York. The Vols are 12-11 all-time in the NIT Tournament, with their last appearance in 2004, when UT lost to George Mason 58-55 in the first round.
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Vols ousted by Ole Miss in OT Staff Reports NEW ORLEANS — After Skylar McBee sent the game to OT with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, Ole Miss withstood the Vols for a 77-72 overtime victory in the SEC Quarterfinals. The game was never separated by more than two possessions until the final minutes of overtime. The Vols (18-14) lost for just the second time in their last 10 games and will await their national postseason fate, which will be revealed on Sunday. McBee, who struggled early, was the key cog in the Vols’ offense down the stretch as he finished with 15 points, making 5-of-11 from the 3-point range. The trio of senior Cameron Tatum (15 points), junior Jeronne Maymon (11 points and 17 rebounds) and sophomore Trae Golden (game-high 21 points) were strong for the Vols. Freshman Jarnell Stokes grabbed 11 rebounds for his fourth double-figure board game this season before fouling out in overtime. Maymon’s rebounds were the secondmost by a Vol all-time in the SEC Tournament, behind Stevie Hamer’s
SEC Tourney record 21 set in 1996. Ole Miss (20-12) was led by Terrance Henry, who tallied 19 points and had six rebounds. Jarvis Summers scored 17 points. Reginald Buckner had 14 points and nine rebounds. Summers put Ole Miss ahead for good in overtime with a jumper with 3:35 left in overtime at 65-63. Henry canned another jumper with 2:49 left in OT for a four-point lead, 67-63. Tennessee then suffered a blow as Maymon fouled out with 2:25 left in regulation. Reginald Buckner made 1-of-2 resulting free throws for a five-point margin. Murphy Holloway’s putback with 1:34 left in OT marked the game’s largest lead at seven, 70-63. But McBee answered with a 3-pointer just 12 seconds later. Buckner then tipped in a miss for Ole Miss with 48.1 left and a 72-66 lead. Jordan McRae made 1-of-2 foul shots. After Henry made two free throws McBee gave the Vols life with a 3-pointer with 29.7 left in OT. That cut Ole Miss’ lead to 74-70. Ladrius White missed two free
throws keeping the Vols alive with 25.4 seconds left. Stokes then made two free throws with 14.5 left to cut the deficit to two at 74-72. Henry made three free throws in the final 11.6 left to regain a two-possession lead and seal the win. McBee sent the game into overtime with a bank-shot 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds in regulation to tie the game at 61 all. Ole Miss took the lead 58-56 on a 3point play by Henry with 2:19 left in the second half. Buckner added a free throw with 1:35 left for a 3-point edge. With 29 seconds left Nick Williams missed a jumper for the Rebels and the Vols got the rebound as the ball went out of bounds off Ole Miss. Golden was fouled with 9.8 seconds left and made two free throws to bring the Vols back within one at 59-58. Henry made two free throws with 9.1 left as Tennessee regained possession down three, 61-58. McBee, who struggled much of the night gave Tennessee a lead at 54-53 with 4:53 left in regulation.
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Members of the men’s basketball team hang their heads after a disappointing loss earlier in the season on Jan. 14. Despite Skylar McBee’s game-tying 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, the Vols fell to Ole Miss in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament, 77-72 in OT.